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Childless by Choice

Let's Stop Giving Shit To Women Who Don't Want Kids

Karen Mangiacotti | Posted 12.01.2014 | Women
Karen Mangiacotti

The mandate that you must have children to be a "real woman" is completely false, but you are real. How could anyone ever tell you otherwise?

Childless by Choice - Gas Station Condoms and Rumors of Infertility

Kevin B. Morrow | Posted 10.26.2014 | Fifty
Kevin B. Morrow

Children can't be let out in the yard to play until you get up at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday because you were out late the night before. Dogs can. Cats don't even need to be let out, you can ignore them.

On 'Who's Happier' Studies: Two Questions to Ask Yourself

Laura Carroll | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Laura Carroll

Why does non-parenthood continue to be pitted against parenthood? It's like continuing to ask: "Are children the key to happiness in life?" and continuing to try and prove the answer is yes. Yet the real answer is already known.

Why Is Being Childless By Choice Still An Issue?

Dani Alpert | Posted 12.01.2014 | Women
Dani Alpert

Can we all move on from this topic and come together on the issues that truly matter and impact all of our lives; the Middle East conflict, world hunger and George Clooney's wedding? Thank you

A Childless Woman's Thank You to Jennifer Aniston

Nicole Luongo | Posted 10.29.2014 | Women
Nicole Luongo

Whose business is it, anyway? Just because I'm a woman doesn't mean I want to experience child birth. Just because I am the youngest of eleven doesn't mean I want a bunch of kids. I love inspiring and teaching children. I don't want any of my own. And, I'm not alone.

'I Don't Have Children And I'm Happy About It'

High50 | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty
High50

Why is the word 'childless' unacceptable? It screeches of loss or tragedy, even sterility. At best it's offensive to those who have chosen not to have children, and at worst it's grotesquely insensitive to those permitted no choice.

Nobody's Mother

Joy Mushacke Smith | Posted 10.15.2014 | Women
Joy Mushacke Smith

After divorcing in my late twenties, I was glad I didn't have children. For a time I believed I didn't want kids at all. But in my mid-thirties when my younger sister got pregnant, I absolutely struggled with the choice.

25 Reasons Why Aunts Deserve a Day

Melanie Notkin | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Babies are born from the womb. Maternity is born from the soul. There are many ways to "mother" a child. Aunthood is as close as it gets.

Hitting the Target

Abby Heugel | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Abby Heugel

I know I will never walk into Target as a mom. And while I have not one iota of regret or envy, that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the beauty of what I don't want -- or extend my admiration for those who chose paths that I'll never walk down.

A Few Thoughts On Cats, Dogs, Being 40 And Not Having Kids

Arin Greenwood | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women
Arin Greenwood

What if our lives get boring without kids? What if we have no one to hang out with once everyone we love has little ones, then bigger ones, to look after? What if one day I'm in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery and I don't have anyone to make sure the nurses are taking good care of me?

With Kids or Without: Going Round & Round on Who's Happier

Laura Carroll | Posted 03.19.2014 | Good News
Laura Carroll

It's time to stop going round and round with the "who's happier" question when it comes to those with and without kids. It's not one group versus the other. It boils down to how we define happiness in the first place for ourselves.

Tootsie for President!

Erin Donley | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Erin Donley

I recently watched the movie Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman. I actually thought, "Wouldn't it be sweet to have a president who can speak Tootsie-style?" She fearlessly ripped open the curtain to reveal the dysfunction all around her/him. It woke everyone up in a painful, yet positive way.

How One Weekend Changed My Feelings About Motherhood

Natacha Hildebrand | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Natacha Hildebrand

I fell in love with a boy. And the boy asked me to marry him. And, you guessed it: That boy? He wants kids. To make matters worse, he's the type of guy that you just know will be an amazing father. Well, this really left only one thing for us to do: a test run.

Four Shades of Childless Women: Part I

Marcy Cole, Ph.D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Women
Marcy Cole, Ph.D.

The evolution of women's rights has propelled tens of millions of bright and talented women into the workforce over the past several decades -- a very good thing. But there have also been unintended consequences, among them a dramatic surge in the number of women who do not have children, whether by choice or happenstance.

8 Silly Things People Say To Me When They Learn I Don't Want Kids

TueNight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
TueNight

My husband would make the world's greatest father. But that alone isn't reason enough for me to become the mother I've never wanted to be, take on crushing financial burden or add more to my already too-full plate.

No More Whispering: Talking Openly About Infertility

Tracey Cleantis | Posted 11.13.2013 | Women
Tracey Cleantis

I refuse, like Aisha, to carry my childlessness in me like a shameful secret. I want to share my story and help others learn that they aren't alone.

23 Things You Should Never Say To A Childfree Woman

Posted 09.10.2013 | Women

Whether or not a woman wants to have children is a very personal decision. Unfortunately, it's also one of those things that everyone seems to feel em...

Happy International Childfree Day! Announcing 2013 Childfree Woman and Man of the Year

Laura Carroll | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Laura Carroll

In the last decade, we've seen more out there than ever before about how parenthood is an option, rather than a given in life. But "parenthood optional" advocates go as far back as the '70s.

'My Breasts Are Big And Full Of Promise, A Promise My Ovaries Will Never Keep'

Sue Fagalde Lick | Posted 09.07.2013 | Fifty
Sue Fagalde Lick

My breasts are big and full of promise, a promise that my ovaries will never keep. This is the body of a woman who never had children. How is it different from yours?

Newsflash: Single Women Can Be Happy, Too

Posted 06.12.2013 | Women

Public service announcement: A woman can be perfectly happy without a partner or children. Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks came out and said as m...

What Men Are More Depressed About Than Women

Posted 04.08.2013 | Women

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 04/06/2013 11:15 AM EDT on LiveScience Even though there's often more social pressure on women to have k...

How Can Couples Be So Sure They'll Never Want Kids?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.11.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

My issue with young people deciding not have children has far less to do with any societal obligations they may or may not have. It's way more personal: Yes, you may count me among those dumb-clucks who worry that young people just don't know what they're missing and when and if they do realize it, it'll be too late.

What You Should Never to Say to a Non-Mother of Childbearing Age

Wendy Litner | Posted 04.07.2013 | Women
Wendy Litner

I know you are tired, moms. I know you are overworked, I know you want to tell us for how long you were in labor and I feel for you, I do. But please stop scaring me, because if I do decide to join you, apparently these will be my last days of solitary, flavored yogurt-eating, judgment-free fun.

The Cost Of Aging Alone

Next Avenue | Posted 12.29.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Jane Gross The number of Americans living single is soaring, and our bag-lady fears may not be so far-fetched Old...

Reproductive Freedom Means More Than Protecting Roe v Wade

Laura Carroll | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Laura Carroll

Why does society still stigmatize having no children by choice? Because the majority remain fundamentally stuck on the long-held pronatalist belief that we are all wired to want to become parents.